Is it just an Italian thing?

I remember many Thanksgivings in my youth where our holiday table was festooned with spaghetti, ziti, bowls of red sauce, garlic bread, tossed salad with Italian dressing, and Italian cookies for dessert.  Yes, on Thanksgiving.

It wasn't until I was much older that we started having turkey on Thanksgiving Day, I think mainly because my dad would get them for "free" from the family grocery store that we owned.

When I was in college I met other young people who came from Italian families that also remember having pasta for Thanksgiving.  Then it was turkey the rest of the way out.

I can say, however, that my wife's family still serves a big Italian fest for Thanksgiving and I love it.  It really takes me back to my youth.

So I ask...am I the only one out there who used to have pasta instead of turkey on Thanksgiving Day?